When I first started, I was cautioned by one of the probation counselors that if I changed one kid, Id be lucky. In the classroom, they were all focused on me and payed attention. Himself - Host Rest of cast listed alphabetically:. Being able to shoot at Camp Kilpatrick made all the difference in the world, he says. Willie Weathers, whose cousin Roger is killed early in the film, is in fact based on a real person.
I watched the entire thing and I cried. After reading only the first 30 pages of Jeffs screenplay, I knew I wanted to be a part of this story. I'll even go so far as to admit that there were a couple of scenes during which I got a little choked up - the only time it's happened this year. It helped to keep us honest. I liked the fact that most of the young men who accepted the Mustang challenge back then went on to become productive citizens. Are any other sports currently offered at Camp Kilpatrick? The closing credits contain footage from a 1993 documentary, also called Gridiron Gang, that was directed by Lee Stanley, one of the producers here. Fictional narrative The first step was coming up with a compelling fictional narrative interweaving the situations that made the documentary so compelling.
The Emmy Award winning documentary Gridiron Gang was aired on television in 1993. I truly believe the impact of the film would have been dramatically lessened if we had not shot around 120 real prisoners. Many feel that they would have won if it wasn't for fourth quarter mistakes and unfortunate penalties. We do the same thing in pro football. His charisma and natural screen presence are undeniable, and he even displays some impressive acting chops here. . Gang Tackled - Audio Slide Show About the Real Camp Kilpatrick Mustangs: Watch a Camp Kilpatrick audio slide show featuring the 2006 Kilpatrick Mustangs.
He moved on from college football to play for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. What he realized is that there was so much to the story that the hardest part was going to be fitting it all into a two-hour movie. No, at least not at first. Stunt doubles were trained to take most of the potentially damaging blows on the field, although the actors were involved on every play. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson discusses what attracted him to the role and the real Sean Porter comments on how closely Dwayne's speeches to the players in the movie mimicked his own speeches heard in the Gridiron Gang documentary. Come on, did you really doubt that there'd be a jerk opposing player that we'd be forced to hate? It was fine that he didn't, and I respect that.
Although Gridiron Gang is based on a documentary about the real-life Porter and his success as a football coach and mentor footage from the documentary are interspersed throughout the end credits , it still follows the sports drama clichés: obstacles, setbacks, initial success, followed by more setbacks, self doubts, inspirational speeches about winners and losers, all capped by a life-changing game. Training is too tough for some wards; others have trouble adjusting to Porter's demands. I don't deny that this is a by-the-numbers sports drama. By Dwayne's senior year in high school, he was considered one of the top 10 defensive tackles in the country. The program is very much the same, with almost all of the players only on the team for one season.
I wanted to try to show our actual actors as much as possible instead of doubles, so that we would stay involved with our characters during the games. You got a problem with it? I don't know if anyone else caught that, but I found it effective. These kids never, ever played. And Mo, the guy we picked to play our quarterback, had never thrown a football in an actual organized game, but that played to our advantage because we didnt want these players to be too good. Our department heads took time out to explain their roles in the production and to answer questions. Today, Lucero works closely with gang members from Los Angeles neighborhoods, as he tries to lead them to a better future. Sean Porter was a troubled kid himself and playing football saved him.
It wasn't like he was, like, 'Hey, let's go, man, let's sit down, whatever you need to know. Stanley directed and produced the 1993 Emmy Award-winning documentary Gridiron Gang with his wife, Linda Stanley. I loved Varsity Blues and The Program. Biggest crowd reaction of any movie I've seen so far this year. For example, he was concerned that if one of the former player's current employers discovered that they killed someone, it could greatly affect their job, and subsequently their life.
The truce between the filmmakers and the inmates continued throughout the six weeks of shooting at Camp Kilpatrick. Actors Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone have all at some point expressed interest in playing Coach Porter. It brought tears to my eyes more than once and the great action had me applauding during some of the riveting football moments!!! He and Sean Porter were similar in so many ways. Seans story paralleled Dwaynes since, as a kid, Dwayne had been arrested numerous times and was also saved by channeling his energies in a positive way through a competitive sport like football. This prompted the filmmakers, including director Phil Joanou, to include during the credits the same real life scene from the documentary.
Moritz The Fast and the Furious, xXx, Sweet Home Alabama saw the documentary, he was immediately moved and intrigued. Dwayne pictured left received a five year scholarship to the University of Miami, where he began his college football career. Porter and probation officer, Malcolm Moore Xzibit become the coaches, and they only have 4 weeks to get a team together before their first game. Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson had only learned that this flower scene was true three weeks before the film's release, when he sat down to dinner with the real Sean Porter. They had to make it real. Two of the main characters were adversaries at the beginning and they become close. The theater will be more pleasant without your curmudgeonly ways.
The presentation is handled well and The Rock proves he belongs there. Many, if not most, are gangbangers. For example, the mom stuff. The facility was spartan and surrounded by high fences and tightly secured with guards at each exit. After all, at the beginning of the film, they are supposed to be terrible. Some characters were from actual kids that were in the L. As stated above, an eight man squad had been formed earlier in 1988, but it did not play with a full schedule against other schools.